After a disappointing loss to the New York Giants in the 2012 Super Bowl, the island of Aruba has offered the New England Patriots an all-expenses-paid vacation to cheer up the team.
We want to acknowledge and celebrate the hard work, dedication and season-long success of the team, despite their loss, said Ronella Tjin Asjoe, CEO of the Aruba Tourism Authority. We believe there is no better place to recover after a loss than Aruba. After all, we are known as 'One Happy Island'.
The package includes airfare, hotel rooms and more for the team's players and coaches. The Patriots are invited to take part in the vacation package as early as Monday.
Many fans are left wondering if Patriots quarterback Tom Brady will join his team with his supermodel wife, Gisele Bundchen, in Aruba.
The Aruba Tourism Authority claims the idyllic setting is the perfect place to rest and recover and the paid vacation appears to be a publicity move by the country in the hopes of encouraging more Americans to come to the island.
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Giants quarterback Eli Manning is headed on a vacation as well. Following his victory against the Patriots, Manning won his second Most Valued Player Award in the Super Bowl XLVI Sunday and declared he was headed to Disney World to celebrate the win.
Manning arrived at Disney World for a Super Bowl MVP Parade down Main Street in the Magic Kingdom Monday afternoon. During his time at the park, he will meet with NFL Youth Football players.